INTERIORS ALERT: The Old Flight House, Nr Bicester
There are some places that are so ‘Muddy’ I could literally live in them. I featured The Old Flight House in Weston-on-the-Green (about 10 minutes drive south of Bicester) when it first opened a few years back, and it’s since become a massively successful vintage, antique and interiors store.
Set in a rural location, it’s a destination store – you’re never going to just be passing it! – and I think that’s why quite a few people I talk to haven’t made it in yet. But seriously – seriously – if you love vintage, curios and beautiful interiors but don’t like the stuffiness and pokiness of traditional antiques stores, you have to see this place.
And it’s big – not only the physical size of the store, but the feeling of spaciousness inside, with a massive atrium and front desk and a really lovely cafe bang in the middle of the action.
The cafe has had a lot of investment since I first visited and has a enthusiastic young chef at the helm who’s obviously making her mark – the cafe was busy and buzzy. Yeah go on, try saying that when you’re half-cut. I was too early for lunch but did the *cough* honourable thing and had a doorstop of a carrot cake. I’m ashamed to say I scoffed it before I remembered to take a photo (sorrryyyyyy), so you’ll have to take my word for it – it was just what you’d want in a cake. Moist and massive.
Back to the store, and there are scores of eclectic dealers selling everything from copper pans (very trendy at the mo)
… and vintage clothes
… to chalk paints
… and retro furnishings
There’s also a small vintage garden section that flows out onto the pretty outdoor seating area
I mean, it’s pretty much impossible to fault, and you can easily spend two hours wandering around here.
Given that The Old Flight House is in a little village, unless you’re massively local it will be a trip out for you, so aside from a pilgrimage to Bicester Village you might want to tie in a visit to Rousham Gardens (only for kids over 15 without prior arrangement), Blenheim Palace (about 6 miles away in Woodstock) or even with a late afternoon visit to the brilliant Jane’s Teas in Kirtlington after you’ve shopped and lunched – check your timings with that one though, she’s only open every first and third weekend through summer from noon to 5.30pm.
So it’s a big Muddy thumbs up for a visit here – they didn’t win this year’s Muddy Award for Best Emporium for nothing – ans as ever, let me know if you make it and how much treasure you end up taking home with you.